From the Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum, Rome, the Via dei fori Imperiali was crowded, June 2, for the Italian Republic's 13th.
TOP V. Parade marching past Constantine Arch.
S.TOP V. Pres. Gronchi and other members of Parliament on dais.
GV. Cadets marching towards past saluting dais.
S.TOP V. Passing in parade.
G.TOP V. Army units marching in parade.
S.TOP V. PAN Ditto.
SV.PAN. Foreign diplomats in a stand looking on.
ZOOM INTO. Parade of army units in parade.
CU. Segnor Segni on dais.
GV. Bersaglieri unit running in parade.
CU. Russian military onlooker holding small boy who is clapping.
TOP V.Motorised units passing Arch of Constantine.
SV. Motorised units passing Gronchi on saluting dais.
PULL CU. President Gronchi.
ANGLE SHOT.Army planes flying overhead.
TOP V. Youngsters on edge of roof watching parade.
S.TOP V.PAN. Up motorised units in parade.
SCU. Onlookers wearing paper hats.
GV. Honest John rockets passing in parade.
SHOT TOWARDS. Tanks in parade.
SV. People on roof watching parade.
TOP V. Tanks in parade.
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Background: From the Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum, Rome, the Via dei fori Imperiali was crowded, June 2, for the Italian Republic's 13th. Anniversary military parade. President Gronchi took the salute, accompanied by his Parliament, military chiefs, and foreign diplomats.
Nine thousand troops marched or rode past. Twenty-two regimental flags were parade and, for the first time, 'Honest John' missile soldiers took part. Over 100 artillery pieces, 150 armoured cars, 450 other military vehicles and 400 cavalry horses were in the parade.
As is customary the parade was led by officer cadets, followed by the Carabiniere, Army, Naval and Airforce units. The Bersaglieri regiment got a big cheer as they trotted past at their fast 'marching' pace.
Several hundred military aircraft roared and screamed overhead.